With the post-lockdown surge in Duke of Edinburgh numbers continuing to roll through, large groups of Friary students, supported by staff, committed to a weekend winning their Bronze and Silver Awards.

As well as the school and community based activities, the expeditions for Bronze and Silver Awards took the groups to the Dark Peak area in the Peak District National Park.

The area is famed for amazing countryside, stunning scenery, and varied wildlife, with reservoirs, woodlands and upland marshes criss-crossing their way across the walking routes.

Judith Williamson, Duke of Edinburgh Co-Ordinator and expedition leader, said: “The students were very excited and very committed to fulfilling their objectives and worked to complete their responsibilities and challenges successfully. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is well-respected and young people get such a lot out of it. There is a big commitment to run the scheme but the benefits for the students make it worthwhile.”